I am from FATA and, today, I don’t feel Pakistani at all

Published: June 24, 2014

Civilians, fleeing from a military operation in North Waziristan tribal agency, arrive with their livestock in Bannu district on June 20, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

I was shocked when I heard that the governments of Punjab and Sindh have barred Waziristan’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from entering their provinces.

Belonging to the tribal areas, I know how much our forefathers have sacrificed for this country. It was our people who took part in Pakistan’s first war against India in 1948, to save Kashmir – and this was when Pakistan’s own army general had refused to fight. Today, whatever part of Kashmir comes under Pakistani territory, it’s all thanks to the efforts of my people.

When the USSR attacked Afghanistan and Pakistan decided to be part of the United States-led coalition war, it was again the tribal military that stood firm in the face of adversity and made sure that if the USSR ever planned to attack Pakistan’s borders, it was there to protect the country. The USSR had to face the tribal people first, before entering Pakistan. Such was the passion our people had.

Even Muhammad Ali Jinnah acknowledged our strength and perseverance. He withdrew Pakistani forces from the western borders as he knew that the tribal people were more than capable of safeguarding the country. He trusted our merit.

Even recently, when Pakistan decided to be part of US’s so called war on terror, the tribal leaders supported the country completely, even though many people were not happy with this coalition. Pakistan lost so much during this war, yet the tribal people stood by the country.

A few days back, the Pakistani Army launched an operation in North Waziristan, code named Zarb-e-Azb, as a result of which thousands of tribal civilians were displaced and had to relocate to safer areas. Here, it is important that we acknowledge the efforts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government, who worked vigorously with other government institutions to accommodate the IDPs wherever they could. However, not all provincial governments have been so kind with the displaced people.

Punjab and Sindh, two of Pakistan’s most developed and progressive provinces, announced that they will not allow these IDPs to enter their boundaries. According to Article 247, FATA comes under the federal government and the governor of K-P is the chief executive officer of the tribal area. This would mean that the people of Fata are the government’s responsibility, and as such, all avenues should be kept open for them in their times of need.

However, this has not always been the case. Time and again, the people of Fata have been discriminated against and their human rights have been trampled upon. The verdict by the Sindh and Punjab governments is a testimony of that.

Even the Afghan government has welcomed these tribal IDPs. Afghanistan, a country that doesn’t even own the people of Fata, and is already in so much turmoil, has taken these IDPs under their wings; but two major, prospering and economically strong provinces of Pakistan have refused to take them. It is beyond me how these provincial governments can be so indifferent to the plight of the IDPs. Are these displaced individuals not part of Pakistan? Would they have done the same had these people belonged to Balochistan or K-P?

What will these IDPs think when they hear about this? That their own people have disowned them? Will this ban strengthen the federation or damage it even more? Especially at a time when it is imperative for Pakistanis to stand united.

In a federation, all units have equal rights, and every citizen of the federation can be settled in any of its areas. But alas, the IDPs of Fata are not so fortunate. They have been left alone to suffer the consequences of a problem that belongs to the entire nation – and a major chunk of their country is not willing to help them.

Right now, I have trouble understanding if the people of Fata belong to Afghanistan or to Pakistan, for surely, the former has shown them more care and hospitality than the latter ever will.

Mureeb Mohmand

Mureeb Mohmand

An Express Tribune reporter from FATA. He tweets @mureebmohmand (twitter.com/mureebmohmand)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Danyal Behlim

    In a federation, all units have equal rights, and every citizen of the federation can be settled in any of its areas. But alas, the IDPs of Fata are not so fortunate. They have been left alone to suffer the consequences of a problem that belongs to the entire nation – and a major chunk of their country is not willing to help them……..

    No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.

    Brother you are asking too much from a dead nationRecommend

  • نائلہ

    I am very sorry for the treatment of your people by both the governments. May God put some sense into their heads.

    But i read on ET that people of KP werent allowed to enter other provinces until the polio vaccines were given? Still not permitting them to enter is ridiculous; they are Pakistanis for goodness sake! Recommend

  • SA

    Please let me correct you here regards Kashmir, Tribal attack may have won Pakistan a part of Kashmir but they unleashed terror , chaos and death when they attacked kashmir and kashmiris who lived through that have only negative feeling about that event.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    NEWS:
    Speaking to media in Rawalpindi, Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed said that internally displaced persons (IDPs) have made a sacrifice for the sake of Pakistanis.
    He added that “they have had to leave their homes, schools and businesses behind so that terrorists can be eliminated.”
    “They are our guests,” he said, adding that 180 million Pakistanis can easily host a few hundred thousand IDPs.
    Requesting citizens to donate water coolers to them, he said that it is our obligation to facilitate them.
    “With one hand we must get the terrorists under control and with the other we need to help these people who are making sacrifices for our sake,” Rasheed said.

    Let’s hope all this is actually carried out so you can feel a little more Pakistani :)Recommend

  • Vicky Khattak

    this is pathetic. that’s why we could not become pakistani rather we are pathans, muhajirs, sindhis, punjabies and balochis. this descrimination is out of my comprehension. leaving home land where generations of one has buried in, really pinches. i dont wish for the sindh and punjab to go through the same pain but i definetly wish a kind and HUMAN heart for them….!Recommend

  • Humayun

    Dear Mr. FATA resident,

    As a fellow Pakistani i would like to apologize for what is happening with your people. It is indeed very sad.

    Pls get in line with the along with rest of the people (Christians, Qadiyanis etc – but hold on, they are infidels and kafirs. So pls kill them as they don’t deserve to live and take their spot in the queue) to register your complaint regarding this injustice to the concerned people. i am sure in this perfect democratic system your plea for justice will be heard in no time *wink wink*

    Regards,
    Not a member of ANY political party and religion
    Recommend

  • Alann

    I feel sympathy for you, but all I can tell you is: Hold on, your time has not come yet. Look for greener pastures wherever you can; I do not know how healthy eating grass is for human beings, but, Pakistan Army needs few more nukes. Till then, hold on.Recommend

  • Mir

    How did you feel when Karachi was burning daily? Blood of our citizens was being spilled in places of worship? How did FATA feel when they decided to keep foriegn criminals as their “mehmaan”? How did they feel marrying your daughters and sisters to them and making those snakes part of your family? How did you personally feel when FATA made a mini FATA in Karachi, Manghopir and Baldia Town. Go see how many IDP’s are there. When it comes to My future Vs your Future, I will chose to protect my future first and then help you. Not like your folks that have destroyed our country just to keep these old stupid traditions alive. Time to get with the current times and be productive. Destroy those inlaws of yours and start fresh. We will help you. But achieving goals requires blood and sweat.Recommend

  • Waqar Qureshi

    We are with you brothers. You are more Pakistani than us. You offered your blood for this country. We did not yet. insha Allah every Pakistani will be with you.

    P.S: I am one of those who advocated negotiations. But now once operation has started, we are with our forces. But I would be keen to know responses of those desi liberals who would suddenly jump and hit roof on hearing any word in favor of negotiations.Recommend

  • AAtifGoraya

    i am following the new IDP are not ban to enter in Punjab, so after reading your column i get the feeling people of karachi, peshwar and all other places which was destroyed by TTP should say we don’t feel we are Pakistanis???Recommend

  • Shazia Gulzar

    Not all FATA, but sorry to say people of Waziristan are a bit notorious for their support for Talibans, can’t trust them. Can we? Recommend

  • Necromancer

    It is because of this tribal belt we the Pakistanis or in such a sorry and pathetic state……and secondly no on is against IDP’s entering Sindh or Punjab, it is the afterwards scenario which is difficult when IDP refuse to return their native places…………and no one asked you to call yourselves Pakistani Recommend

  • Abdulrauf Akhtar

    It is totally out of context , Karachi Lahore Pindi/Islamabad having in thousand’s if not in million’s from from FATA . It is just to stop if some embedded terrorist are their . It is a Tribune speciality as usual.Recommend

  • Feroz

    You have not said a word as to why you people played hosts to terrorists from around the world. Why did you not catch them and hand them over to the federal government for trial ? For the sake of money you endangered your country, if not the entire region. Considering this infidelity no one in the country wants to host IDP’s. The actions of people of FATA do not reflect true love for the country, rather a stab in its back. You must understand that the country is sick of Jihad now and wants to stop bloodshed. Time to clean your lands of criminals, religious bigots and terrorists, if you want to offer a better future to your children.Recommend

  • IHateDisqus

    “It was our people who took part in Pakistan’s first war against India in 1948″

    Thanks for admitting.Recommend

  • Supriya Arcot

    Sad , indeed. May the gods bring this ordeal to and end ASAP. Cant say ( or do ) much beyond this .Recommend

  • zulfiqar

    Sindh has accommodated millions since 47 … sindhi people fear that terrorist might migrate among the IDPs and create safe sanctuaries here .later they would commit acts of terrorism in sindh ,which had already been hit by the settlement of immigrants for the past 68 years,. this has caused unbearable loss to sindhi culture , language and sufi mind set , these all have caused immense burden on sindh’s resourcesRecommend

  • owais alabbasi

    Mureeb Mohmand sub, Now your instigating NW resident who sheltered Pakistani nation’s enemies to join Afghanistan. Those NW people sheltered Indian, Uzbaks, Tajiks and Chanchans who has been killed our children’s, men and women’s around sixty thousands. Govt is trying their best to facilitate all IDPs, and if they are not satisfied with this then remember this” As you sow so shell you reap”. Please be loyal to yours motherland.Recommend

  • M Ali

    Can’t believe how one-sided this article is. Why don’t you mention how people in FATA consider TTP fighters their ‘brothers’ and provide shelter (reluctantly or otherwise) to foreign fighters? Why don’t you mention how illegal migrants from FATA have taken over swathes of Karachi and run lucrative ‘businesses’ in weapons and drug smuggling, extortion rackets and kidnap-for-ransom? I’m sure that these are only a few bad apples and most people from FATA are fine folks, but the fact that they’re impossible to distinguish between each other since tribal loyalties strongly influence their social structure means that we have to be cautious. It’s these ground realities, not blatant racism, that influenced the decision of the Punjab and Sindh govt.

    Sure, IDPs (regardless of which part of the country they’re from) are the victims of a bad situation who need to be helped and I understand that, but some self-criticism would have gone a long way in convincing us that your point is valid.Recommend

  • Theharshtruth

    “Right now, I have trouble understanding if the people of Fata belong to Afghanistan or to Pakistan, for surely, the former has shown them more care and hospitality than the latter ever will.????”
    What makes you think that? If that was indeed the case why is Karachi the city with the largest pashtun population on the planet, and why does Pakistan host the most refugees on the planet (Most of the Afghan). Im confused.
    Oh thats right, not much in Afghanistan is there. How many Pak pashtun refugees are based in Afghanistan… How many afghans are based in Pak, and have literally begged the govt not to send them back??
    As for Kashmir, there were many others fighting too including members of the ahmadiyya community, but whats interesting about the first kashmir war is, more could have been captured, but a certain group of people started looting and pillaging muslim areas, instead of pressing on. Its all recorded.
    As for the afghan-USSR war, what would have happened if we followed KAGK, and there was no Pakistan, what about if the USSR had invaded and it bordered pro-USSR India, where would the fighting force have come from to help the mujahideen?Recommend

  • asarfraz

    I believe the writer has forgot about all the cars stolen from Sind and Punjab and then smuggled to FATA. What about the people kidnapped from Sind and Punjab and taken to FATA so that they can strike a deal with their loved ones? What about the drugs coming from FATA which has destroyed the youth of Sind and Punjab? What about the fact that people in FATA give a damn about the constitution of Pakistan? The people have brought this upon themselves by welcoming and housing those people who have killed countless people in Sind and Punjab. We saw what happened in 2008 when terrorists in the guise of people came to Karachi and taken hold of many areas of Karachi. The displaced people should have faith in our armed forces and pray that their region is cleaned of terrorists so they can go back to their homes.Recommend

  • True Speaker Anonymous

    I hate to say this but if you people can coexist in peace with general population of Sindh then you can come here otherwise dont bother.

    Your fellow Fataians come to karachi and occupy homes, start drug trade, kidnap and try to make karachi a taliban area. If you were peace loving then you would not have let Taliban sit in your area!Recommend

  • Mehreen Malik

    So the writer of the above article cannot see the Big heart of Sindhis and people of Punjab and infact alluring to some made up history that we are cowards and we should be thankful to one ethnicity otherwise Pakistan will not exist?

    Anyway it is not the first time i am hearing like this. But why nobody see the Big heart of Sindhis who have accomodated millions of Pathans in the past 30 years. Same is the case with Punjab where even in villages you can find them.
    So even having millions of Pathans we are still not doing enough?.All i know that Pathans can live freely in the whole of Sindh and Punjab but we are not allowed to enter into FATA and almost all of our Businessmen are forced out of those Regions where they live in majority. Displaced people are welcome let me tell all that i am a girl and have nothing to so with Kp but when the time will arise to fight For Pakistan then i will be the first in line and i dont need the help of any brave Person as i can fight on my own to protect my motherland and also no one should blackmail that i am enjoying freedom because of someone else not because of my own self and because of every Pakistani alive.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    You are right. Due to the plundering and raping, the tribals could not get to Srinagar, which gave India time to get the accession agreement.Recommend

  • Taimoor Khan

    And Bangalis have great feelings about Pakistani Punjab army who couldn’t even retain a portion of East Pakistan?Recommend

  • Taimoor Khan

    Thanks for being an ingrate.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    You are looking at it very emotionally. Countries, including Pakistan, never bomb territories which in the country’s consciousness is part of it.

    For example, Pakistan will never bomb or use artillery shells to smoke out militants in Punjab or Sindh, for they are an integral part of Pakistan.

    But, Pakistan has been bombing Balochistan and FATA since many years, because of the same reason.

    India considers Kashmir a part of its Territory, an integral part, hence it has never bombed Kashmir and it never will, just like Pakistan will never bomb Punjab.

    That is why there are no Kashmiri IDPs in India, just like there will never be Punjabi IDPs.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    More money will be spent on Nukes by Pakistan, than Pakistan will spend on these 300,000 IDPs.Recommend

  • Saad

    If only the tribal armies did their duty instead of allowing militants to live in their midst, we wouldn’t be in this mess. Having said that, the people of these two provinces do not necessarily have the same views as their chief ministers, I’m sure.Recommend

  • Mian Muneer ud din

    Let us hopeRecommend

  • junaid

    one man does not represent entire population we know idps are our aasetRecommend

  • Ajamal

    Those carrying diseases like polio should be quarantined and not allowed to roam freely in Pakistan (indeed no sensible country would do that). Secondly, FATA has a special status in Pakistan with our laws not applicable to them. Thirdly, FATA is not open to rest of Pakistanis like any other city in Pakistan.
    As they say in English, what comes round, goes round.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Sheikh

    *One GodRecommend

  • Darkhorse Ali Khan

    best article to express the emotion of pahktuns as general or tribal as particular. may be operation was needed, but the behavior shown by punjab and sindh are unconstitutional and unethical. after this i have no hope about the unity of pakistan. may be it is best that we separate. a meaningless and hatred brewing marriage is best to end peacefully.Recommend

  • Darkhorse Ali Khan

    even our govt and army was not sure about the terrorists . they were giving shelter to osama. and you are accusing tribal people? it was your people who brought these jihadis for the first time. keep them shelter till 2005. tribal people had nothing to do with it.Recommend

  • Darkhorse Ali Khan

    but even he didn’t dare to say whether punjab or sindh would lift the ban on IDPs entering .Recommend

  • Aslam Butt

    Mr. Mureeb,
    Please consider the following as brotherly observation. The world has made a fool of your people by utilizing your gun culture and simplistic zealousness for their own designs. They have utilized your area and yourself. So who is to blame? I think it is you who got fooled and therefore responsible.
    On surface you claim that nobody was able to capture you? but don’t you think that that process has led to complete destruction of your land, lives and most important of all your society. It is time to re-think your gun culture and take care of yourself, it is ok to get rid of customs that leads to destruction.

    And use this situation as an opportunity, where ever you live turn that place into heaven by your hard work and love, instead of inflaming emotions of your people. You are blessed with very good and beautiful land and there is no reason why it cannot be turned into a economic power house and a place to be

    All of us have allowed too many bad apples amongst us which has led us to this situation. Other provinces apprehensions are same, too many bad apples have mixed in your population (Karachi is the biggest pukhtoon city, so you should not blame sindh)Recommend

  • Ehsan

    Mureeb … its touching but you have to agree that every human love his life..

    Today fata dont feel as pakistan because we all feel as afghans because of fata…..

    Let me clear you i can guarantee you in last 13 years more people from fata have migrated to sindh and punjab then those left in fata…….Recommend

  • Ehsan

    Thank God sanity is still left on this forum and someone likeminded is seenRecommend

  • نائلہ

    Yeh ofcourse prevention of disease should be of utmost importance, but after vaccines have been given, whats wrong with them being in other states? Recommend

  • نائلہ

    It feels weird if you ignore it, I know :) Recommend

  • Sami

    This report is totally baseless that Punjab is not allowing the IDPs. Do some research and then comment. Express tribune standard is going down. The author of the article is a staff member of Express tribune and now their own Employees spread the misinformation. ET can you share only link where Punjab is not allowing IDPs???.
    But i want to add that interestingly wherever Waziris go Taliban seems to go there as well. In the regions of Karachi where Waziris live interestingly every second week from the same region someone linking to Taliban is arrested as well. This is not the coincidence but the Collusion.Recommend

  • shah

    Punjab and Sindh’s refusal to allow IDP’s is unconstitutional. However the people of Waziristan have brought this upon themselves by hosting terrorists, fugitives, smugglers and other evil elements from all over the world in exchange for dollars.Recommend

  • hamza

    first you use them in the war against India, then against USSR, then you deprive them of their right to proper education and infrastructural facilities, then you don’t allow them to enter your province saying “they are notorious for their support to Taliban”. Great!Recommend

  • Tom smith

    Have you considered the cost and consequences of hosting the terrorists, foreign or local, i.n FATA, over the past 15-20 years??

    Had you not done this, the armed forces would not have made a move, and the issue of IDPs would not have arisen…

    Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    Dear Mureeb Mohmand, only if this makes you feel any good. My friend, Maha Khalid who is PTI’s Youth Wing member in Sindh has set up, with help of other office bearers of Karachi, a camp for gathering food items and other necessary things to be donated to IDPs. Another guy Jibran Nasir is also gathering things that can be donated to IDPs. We are with you people!

    About your concerns, well. Karachi accommodated a number of people in the name of Swat IDPs in 2010, but now we don’t trust PPP-led govt because, they brought TTP beasts in the name of IDPs and now 1/3rd of Karachi is under TTP’s control. Sindh and Punjab’s indifference is also not because of all or Sindhis Punjabis but just these governments of PPP and PMLN are inhuman. Trust me, they don’t even deem us as humans, let alone FATA people.Recommend

  • Adpran

    Last year in one website I found a Pakistani called FATA as “Federal Abandoned Tribal Areas”. As non-Pakistani I didn’t understand why he called FATA like that. But now after I read some comments here, I begin to understand.Recommend

  • TheAverageMoe

    In 1947 millions of migrants poured into Pakistan from India(many more than the 300,000 from fata) but these migrants were not allowed to settle in KPK, so there was aHUGE humanitarian crisis in Punjab and Sindh, but they dealt with it, so what goes around comes around…sadly.Recommend

  • Ismail Khan

    What about Karachi ? “Why have you people played hosts to terrorists from around the world. Why don’t you not catch them and hand them over to the federal government for trial ?” And what good has this country done to them that you expect “the true love for the country” to reflect from them? It’s solely our fault that we’ve got terrorists there and now we won’t even let them into our two most developed provincesRecommend

  • http://www.waqas-tariq.webs.com Malik Waqas Tariq

    You cant bomb kashmir, if you dare, this region will see an Atomic war. You are helpless in this regard. It has been 60 years and still you could not earn the respect of Kashmiries. They are still supporting Pakistan and the youth is much more passionate than their ancentor. But what your black DEMOCRACY AND YOUR barberic army can do is to arrest and torture those sport loving students who supported pakistan… This is how narrow minded you are…. Balochistan has never been bombed and operation are only conducted against those who challegned the writ of gov… My friend this is not Bangladesh… you cant split this country anymore…. We all know that all these terrorists are indian funded fanatics…. Talking about rapping??? Go and have a look at kashmir rap states by your army man…. Raping is a false accusation and has never been proved… Beside that mind your own bussines we can handle this by our own. I own IDPs and i acknowledge their sacrifices but some one will have to bear the burnt and Punjab and Sindh have already suffered alot..Recommend

  • Ashfaq

    Yes you are right but Kashmir holds most of Indian Army personnel for they love to live in that green valley.Recommend

  • Zunera

    The people of FATA belong to Pakistan and as a representative of Pakistan I apologize to all of you tribal heroes for our shortcomings and ignorance. I am sorry that you have to bear with the jahalat of your fellow countrymen.

    The comments below just show the sickness and the diffusion of responsibility in our society. This would be the thinking of an apartheid government. I am afraid to say but if one day the government decides to bomb Sindh or Punjab I’d like to see what these people have to say than. What can we say? someone else’s ignorance is not your problem.

    The people of FATA didn’t bring anything on themselves, (the people who think they did, it is their jahalat) it was uncontrolled borders and the war in Afghanistan. Both are federal government decisions BTW. Tribal history is filled with warriors and heroes and we salute you for your courage and bravery.

    “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances other peoples freedoms.”- Nelson MandelaRecommend

  • noor

    Dear brother murrib ppl in our countery are fond of living in false perceptions nd they think their patriotism is beyond any doubt,if a weak here complains he becomes a suspect,we a dead nation will never learn from past mistakes…so better don’t complain n yes God is watching every thing…stay blessed Recommend

  • Parvez

    After KPK….. Karachi has the largest Pathan population in the country……..question to be asked is why do you allow others to exploit you, resulting in your own suffering.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Pakistan is an Islamic super power and the guardian of all the Muslim countries in the world and hence they will make as many nuclear weapons as they deem appropriate. Pakistan was created not for Pakistanis as such, it was created as a watchman for all Muslims in the world. Here is a watchman who would like to guard you whether you ask for it or not as long as you are a Sunni country and hate India.

    Pakistan has always been honest to its primary objective which is to live the dream that they are the Guardians of Islam.Recommend

  • Prashant

    A few hundred thousand IDPs?

    Shows the magnitude of the issue.Recommend

  • Proud Pathan

    Did writer bothered to mention that since how long they are tax exempted and enjoying free electricity? I am also a Pashtoon, my relatives lived in FATA and sacrificed for Pakistan too but we never had such kind of thoughts. We have all facilities, actually more then a common citizen have in Pakistan. He should have thought this when the suicide bombers, militants and terrorists were using their land, now one must face the consequences. I think it is good for other Pakistanis to having them barred from entering in other provinces, no one knows that who is carrying the polio virus as vaccination was also not allowed by the militants in FATA.Recommend

  • P_Anonymous

    My heart goes out for these IDPs from FATA…
    Such carpet bombing using F-16s, blatant use of artillery and armor which are destroying their homes and hearths. This is a genocide of Pashtuns, commited by the Pakistani military.
    I can only hope that these Pashtuns wake up, unite together and defend themselves against these colonists.Recommend

  • Nero

    This is not the perfect time for nitpicking, but the following made me take notice: “It was our people who took part in Pakistan’s first war against India in 1948, to save Kashmir”. The tribal militias didn’t “save” anything or anyone. They killed/raped thousands and looted to their heart’s content. Their performance at Baramulla has been especially well documented.Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/author/1209/asad-k/ Xeric

    It was Douglas Gracey, the then C-in-C who refused to send troops to Kashmir in 1948, not “Pakistan’s ‘own general’”. Seems as if the author just had one point in support of his argument, and just to make it two, he had to make a foreigner as his ‘own’.Recommend

  • Musa Khan Afridi

    I have read the comments below and i am appalled and ashamed to know that such people exist in my country. These are the people, everyday civilians, leaving the conflict zone in the hopes of saving their lives and those of their loved ones.

    Not the fighters or the crooks or the typical stereotypes people who have never visited FATA or even KPK have in their heads from tabloid journalism and vile jokes spread via SMS.

    They are Pakistanis that have been ignored and left to ruin and need the help of their fellow countrymen. Not the accusations and disgusting remarks about them.

    The man is pleading for his countrymen to help his people and the countrymen instead insult him.

    Well done people of Punjab and Sindh, well done. I wonder how any of you can sleep tonight but then again it seems your sense of morality has long abandoned you.Recommend

  • TooTrue

    Sorry but the the government has to be careful to not let in terrorists along with the ordinary displaced population. I hope you can see the difficulty this poses. Already there are criminal gangs in Islamabad and Karachi that consist of tribal people.Recommend

  • Gp65

    You are aware that Pakistan has chosen NOT to extend the provisions of Pakistani constitution to people of FATA including due process of law and day in court for those accused of crimes?

    So when you say that they do not buy into Pakistan’s constitution….
    Secondly, is it the IDPs that were involved in the kidnapping for ransoms, car jackings etc? Or was it terrorist groups that were initially created by Pakistan establishment?Recommend

  • Gp65

    there are Kashmiri IDPs in India – the Kashmiri Pandits.Recommend

  • Gp65

    Someone is wishing for an end to mayhem in your country and all you can do is take potshots at her religion?

    Why can’t you follow your religion and respect her right to follow hers?Recommend

  • Shahzeb Khan

    So you think these (IDPs) have stolen your cars and now you are 110% agree to get them killed in air strikes and Zarb-e-Azaaaaab ( for people of NWA). How much cars have been stolen with in Punjab and Sindh (or every stolen car goes to FATA?), how much drug dealers, robbers , snatchers and people like that are living inside Sindh and Punjab ? and if there are, then there should be another zarb-e-azb with in these provinces too, Now you are talking about constitution, First of all Pakistan constitution is not for the FATAs, and if not following the constitution is the reason for the Operation, the there should be Two Zarb-e-Azb like operations for Governing people and for these two provinces entirely as they are breaking the Laws of not allowing the IDPs in these provinces. (Its really easy to comment on articles using your smart phones while sitting in air conditioned room, but trust me it needs guts to stay for a single night in a tent or in open sky with your family). No offense…Recommend

  • Shahzeb Khan

    Is there any reference which shows Punjab has not Banned IDPs?Recommend

  • Shahzeb Khan

    ” we are not allowed to enter into FATA”, I don’t think so, People don’t want to got to FATAs, otherwise every one is allowed to enter. Try once and no body will stop you.Recommend

  • villanova

    And you totally forgot that these militants were trained and armed by your army to get “strategic depth” into Afghanistan. How can the people have faith in their armed forces when they bomb their homes?
    show me another country in the entire world where people from one area can’t relocate to another area of the country?
    Osama was not hiding hiding in waziristan, you still think army was not hiding him in abbotabad? if army was hiding him, then how can i have trust in army OR if they were not aware of his presence, how can i trust their capability in that case either?Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    why do u have to bring India / Pakistan debate into everything. This article is about the IDP’s of FATA not getting a place in punjab and sindh, so try to stay on topic and refrain from ur India/Pakistan comparative ranting.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Aslam, agreed with your observations that the gun culture among the Pashtuns has done a great deal of harm to them and Pakistan however I wonder why the Pakistanis from other parts of the country are questioning Pashtuns now for the gun culture? Why not before?

    The Pashtuns are the people who were used by the Pakistanis in 1948 against India and then against the soviets. This process continued with the creation of Taliban with active support from ISI. Even today, Pakistan backs the Hakkani Network as it suits Pakistan. The Pashtuns today might be able to get hold of a gun without Pakistan providing them but was this the case a few decades ago?

    The gun culture among the Pashtuns could not have prevailed without the support and facilitation of the Pakistani state. Now that a section of the Pashtun groups have turned against you, you are blaming the Pashtuns.

    The Pashtuns are a community and not a nation in itself and they have interacted with the international community through the Pakistani state only and hence if the Pashtuns have been fooled by the International community, it was not possible without Pakistan being fooled. How can Pakistan as a nation take pride in the defeat of Soviets and at the same time call the Pashtuns fools.

    You cannot call your own people fools for doing what you have asked them to do on the name of nation building and patriotism. If the Pashtun gun culture is not suiting you any longer, you need to review your own policy with regard to the Pashtuns and your neighbors.

    It is not wise to justify your own failures by calling Pashtuns fools for their only crime was to be loyal to their Pakistani masters.Recommend

  • Prashant

    They are human beings bro, treat them that way.

    Your intention might not have been wrong when you called them an asset however it is important to understand that when a Pashtun women gives birth to a baby, she does not deliver an asset that Pakistani state can use for its strategic depth.

    You need to respect them and bring them into mainstream by shrinking the space for uncivilized elements like Taliban.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Has Pakistani army delegated its responsibilities to tribal armies? Why have number of armies when the country is one?Recommend

  • Prashant

    Why talk of Hearts of Sindhis and Pathans not being big enough. It is the Pakistani politicians not having a big enough heart and making the policies which resulted in the tremendous increase of Pashtun population in Karachi.Recommend

  • Prashant

    If they are not peace loving, who made them violent?

    When Pakistan needs to unleash its violence across the border, who do they turn to?

    There is a price to be paid for living in extremes and Pakkistan is paying that.Recommend

  • Muhammad Saim

    I second your reply and would like to add that the people in FATA tolerated terrorists in their neighborhood, they let them live safely and happily while they were destroying rest of the country. In fact it is painful to see children, women and elderly forced to leave their home and being dragged on roads atop trucks in miserable conditions but the pain and suffering that originated from FATA was more deep and more acute.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Wow @ the number of accusations against me. I never took a ‘potshot’ at anyones religion, nor did I disrespected it and I never made an attempt to convert her. Relax. Recommend

  • Critical Thinker…!!!

    Wht India considers Kashmir a part of India.Offcourse you do but still you kill every day Kashmirs. You dont need to bomb them as you ahve stationed around 200,000 Solidiers to carry out gruesome torture and killing….!!!
    Secondly Please like always read some books. In 1990 almost 1/3 AFGHANISTAN LIVED IN PAKISTAN..!!! IT IS A FACT that Pakistan has maximum Refugees in the world….!!!!
    And regarding FATA area ..if you again would have read some proper articles this part is officially and independant part of Pakistan as these people wanted it like that….
    In any case your explanation for Punjab etc is completely useless and Balochistan also has no IDPS….!!!!Recommend

  • Critical Thinker…!!!

    yes thtz y wht India does is kill innocents in Srinagar..who does your military even see them self in mirror after so much brutal killings..!!!Recommend

  • deepak

    Because Kashmiris overreact even if a small thing happen there and blame Indian army. They are gaddars. Even after spending billions of rupees over the years they shout anti india slogans.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    But, they are not a result of Indian State’s Actions.

    They are IDPs because of Pak-based Militants drove them out of their homes.Recommend

  • Critical Thinker…!!!

    Please read again.. You are being fooled again and again..Who gave you the gun is not the issue..why are you using them again and again is the issue…!!!
    Secondly yes current IDP case is unacceptable but please you cannot blame the whole 60 year of independance. Almost one third of Afghanistan lives in Pakistan according to International Refugee survey…You just can say Pakistan did nothing for you….
    Although as already mentioned more should be done for the IDPSRecommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    For any argument to sound logical, examples should be given. Thats the norm in any discussion.

    I am saying in the consciousness of an average Pakistani, Punjab and Sindh are more Pakistani than places like FATA and Balochistan.

    That is why Shias getting killed in Balochistan on the same day as Karachi Airport attack did not get as much attention as the latter.

    Care to dispute this with cogent arguments?Recommend

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  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Yes, that is how a Counter Insurgency set up works.

    You do not bomb a place affected by insurgency. You deploy troops and dominate the area.

    Sri Lanka did the same in Tamil dominated areas. China is doing the same in Xinjiang.

    Carpet Bombing insurgency-hit areas is NOT Counter insurgency.Recommend

  • vasan

    Ha Ha Ha, sheltered Indians? What a jokeRecommend

  • vasan

    Why shouldnt he be. After all that has spoiled KashmirRecommend

  • mfm

    sindh has refused bcz sindh already hosts a large number of muhajirs, punjabis , afghanis and pushtoons.karachi alone hosts around 5 million pashtuns! and u still dont feel as pakistani. sindh P.A speaker is a durrani as is the I.G of police.the writer shud keep in mind that pakistan has provided free electricity and grain to FATA just to keep it with the federation.sindh is fed up of being the scapegoat for the blunders commited by the federationRecommend

  • mfm

    people of sindh consider people from FATA as their brothers and r ready to help them.but that does not imply that we give them place also.sindh shud b for sindhis as KPK is fr puktoons.tell me any other province where the speaker is a pushtoon.deputy speaker an urdu speaking.governer a bihari????????Recommend

  • M Omar

    Your FATA is responsible for hiding terrorists who have Pakistani blood on their hands.Recommend

  • M Omar

    Your FATA is responsible for hiding terrorists who have Pakistani blood on their hands.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Wait for a few months. Pakistan will have to station about half its troops in FATA if it is really interested in fighting the insurgency.

    If not, it will lose the war against Terror.

    Sri Lanka in Tamil areas, China in Xinjiang, all have done this, because this is what is required in counter insurgency operations.

    Pakistan has had refugees, but it also got dozens of F16s for Free. F16s cost millions of dollars that Pakistan doesn’t have.

    So, do you play victim when you have been appropriately remunerated for it. Pakistan chose to shelter Afghans and train them against the Soviets. It got a LOT of money for doing so from the US.

    Please do not play victim.

    I am beginning to wonder what kind of Critical Thinking do you do?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Wait for a few months. Pakistan will have to station about half its troops in FATA if it is really interested in fighting the insurgency.

    If not, it will lose the war against Terror.

    Sri Lanka in Tamil areas, China in Xinjiang, all have done this, because this is what is required in counter insurgency operations.

    Pakistan has had refugees, but it also got dozens of F16s for Free. F16s cost millions of dollars that Pakistan doesn’t have.

    So, do you play victim when you have been appropriately remunerated for it. Pakistan chose to shelter Afghans and train them against the Soviets. It got a LOT of money for doing so from the US.

    Please do not play victim.

    I am beginning to wonder what kind of Critical Thinking do you do?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    You should read the PEW survey in Pakistan.

    http://www.pewglobal.org/2012/06/27/pakistani-public-opinion-ever-more-critical-of-u-s/

    Did you know 24% support LeT, meaning that a minimum of 1/4th of the people who were questioned supported one Terror group or the other?

    Majority of Pakistan lives in Punjab. So, this holds true for Punjabis than any other ethnicity.

    By the way Hafiz Saeed lives in Punjab not FATA, Osama was too not found in FATA.

    FATA is the same region which gave rise to Abdul Gaffar Khan, the Frontier Gandhi, who advocated non-violence.

    Its just a legacy of Pakistan’s founder playing out in the rest of Pakistan.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    You should read the PEW survey in Pakistan.

    http://www.pewglobal.org/2012/06/27/pakistani-public-opinion-ever-more-critical-of-u-s/

    Did you know 24% support LeT, meaning that a minimum of 1/4th of the people who were questioned supported one Terror group or the other?

    Majority of Pakistan lives in Punjab. So, this holds true for Punjabis than any other ethnicity.

    By the way Hafiz Saeed lives in Punjab not FATA, Osama was too not found in FATA.

    FATA is the same region which gave rise to Abdul Gaffar Khan, the Frontier Gandhi, who advocated non-violence.

    Its just a legacy of Pakistan’s founder playing out in the rest of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Haider

    Fata is definitely a part of pakistan and will always be inshallah.when jagirdari nizam of tribunal areas will end fata will automatically become much better as it is now…..these jagirdars for their own interest create all these hurdles and get alliance with govt.we just need one good government to put things right back on track.inshallah like terrorism this jagirdari nizam should be ended for betterment of pakistan.these jagirdars exploit their people and i dont know why people like their jagirdars(hitlers)maybe they are bound like people of karachi have to do…you know what i m sayingRecommend

  • Haider

    Fata is definitely a part of pakistan and will always be inshallah.when jagirdari nizam of tribunal areas will end fata will automatically become much better as it is now…..these jagirdars for their own interest create all these hurdles and get alliance with govt.we just need one good government to put things right back on track.inshallah like terrorism this jagirdari nizam should be ended for betterment of pakistan.these jagirdars exploit their people and i dont know why people like their jagirdars(hitlers)maybe they are bound like people of karachi have to do…you know what i m sayingRecommend

  • Saad

    When we say tribal armies we don’t mean actual armies. Please think before you say something and it would be appreciated if Indians would be more concerned with what happens in their own country rather than in our country.Recommend

  • Saad

    When we say tribal armies we don’t mean actual armies. Please think before you say something and it would be appreciated if Indians would be more concerned with what happens in their own country rather than in our country.Recommend

  • Muhammad Saim

    But one thing we all must remember, this cancer is not just limited to Waziristan, operations will be required in Southern Punjab which is second home of Militancy after FATA and then in DIK, Bannu, Abbotabad, Muzafar Abad, Sukkar, Khairpur… all the nurseries of this cancer…and then who knows where would the IDPs from all over Pakistan go.

    If any one has doubt that the game will be over soon, he is shortsighted.Recommend